Friday, 31 October 2014

Gert's Back! Brighton, Birmingham, Vic's Bologna Report,Glasgow, Edinburgh,Manchester & London, 1979 Now!, Videos, '16 Again', Upcoming in Loads Recommendations

Frst off - Thanks and Apologies to everyone who read this blog before the following additions as this has ended up as a blog of two halves and numerous tweaks since first posting and I hope you'll give it another go. I've updated events, etc from October and November and I'm now going backwards chronologically speaking so nearly all the amendments are in the first half.
Scotland - England Border 16/11/2014

December Christmas Gigs Sold Out!

11th December - As if a trip to Manchester for a Marc Riley session isn't enough of a Christmas treat .................
Friday 12th December - Vic Godard & Subway Sect, Blue Orchids and Kill Pretty's very talented Josh Dutton making his live solo debut at Dulcimer Bar  Chorlton Manchester M21 0AE.Doors 7.30pm.


Returning to London on Saturday 13th December for Big Pink Cake's Christmas Party All Dayer at the Betsey Trotwood, last Sect gig of 2014. Nine groups, DJs, after show party and all the festive fun all starts at 2pm and carries on til late. SOLD OUT.

NEWS in November
Everyone chuffed to bits that 1979 Now! has had such a brilliant reception with amazingly good reviews, comments and tweets. Andrew Paul Shaw's wonderful cover art work and design (above) justly getting a lot of attention. Big Ups for the radio plays and particularly to Marc Riley. Vic & the Sect are looking forward to their next session in Manchester on 11th December when they will be airing one of Vic's 'lost' Northern Soul songs for the first time, plus they are doing a cover as a special request for Mr Riley.

  1979 NOW! UPDATE 03/12/2014- Absolutely delighted to announce that the vinyl 1979 Now! LP has SOLD OUT and CD stock depleting rapidly! Aed has reordered, meanwhile you can still get the CD from several outlets, including Aed Records 
and from Vic via the website (with downloadable booklet)

Thanks to Nigel Bailey for this great Northern Soul promo video for 'Born To Be A Rebel'.

More fab art work & design by Andrew Paul Shaw
AND if that wasn't enough we have also nearly sold out of 30 Odd Years, which has only been available via the website, brill or what? Gnu reordered 26th November and all credit to GZ Media in the Czech republic for their speed and efficiency as the rerun is due to arrive 11th December. The gnu recommends contacting GZ direct and not going through the UK agent or any other company that uses them (mind you the gnu does have a bit of a knack with things like this).
MEANWHILE 30 Odd Years (gnu inc's most successful release to date!) is still available on the website (+ downloadable 'extras') and at gigs

 PS The gnu will be proffering on line Christmas Bundles and Other Seasonal Offers from Monday 15th December (after the last gig of the year on 13th, see below). These may be: P+P included or buy one T get one free or one free with any purchase or discount on multiple CD purchase and signed card with all seasonal purchases. Subject to change as gnu still ruminating on it. Keep an eye on Vic's FB page for updates/info.

Vic, g and Kevin stopped overnight in Wigan (actually on outskirts) on the drive to Scotland at the Britannia Wigan. Hm, may stay again, friendly staff, clean rooms,very reasonable but had it's drawbacks, would not stay on my own.  We did have a very tasty dinner just down the road at The Crown Worthington and highly recommend if you're in this neck of the woods. 

Then  the two long anticipated Sounds in the Suburbs gigs with Subway Sect and The Sexual Objects at Stereo Glasgow and Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh. Neither disappointed although I have to say Edinburgh was an absolute stonker. It was lovely to see so many friends there including  Lee Mcfadden and Tracey Holloway, videos of the night are available on their yt channel leefact25. Always a positive joy to be in Scotland.
A bit of Mood Enhancement below from The Sexual Objects with: there is a radius of waves. New 10" and LP on the way and The Sexual Objects are doing a Marc Riley session BBC 6 Music on Thursday 8th Jan 2015.  
This one is by the gnu at the Subway Sect sound check at Stereo Glasgow, she didn't realise the camera was running!
Subway Sect giving Chain Smokin the full on treatment, filmed by Lee McFadden at Voodoo Rooms 15/11/2014.
  We stayed at The Pond again in Glasgow, hasn't disappointed yet and the many Ireland fans there for the footie International were surprisingly quiet. In Edinburgh we stayed at the Holyrood Aparthotel, Vic and g have stayed before and would certainly recommend. Also, considering how much the hotels had hiked their prices because of the rugby International (yes, football and rugby internationals) it was very reasonable.

Thursday 20th November - Club Left at the 100 Club - Sold Out.
What a very special night of Cool Bop and Swing with Vic and The Subway Sect performing Songs For Sale with very Special Guests New York Dollies, Jake Vegas' Hooded Cobra and Club Left DJ Johnny Britton cranking up the atmosphere to a capacity crowd. Lots of familiar faces (and quite a few people the gnu didn't recognise, she may not  have remarked quite so loudly about the lack of judgement shown by men sporting top knots had she recognised Denis Penis....but then again she just might) and a real trip down Memory Lane with Vic getting back together with Chris Bostock, Rob Marche, Sean McLusky, plus guest pianist Volker Janssen, Dave Collard couldn't make it over from the US. This line up was gnu's first Sectual experience!The poster was designed by Pete Barrett who did the original Club Left posters/flyers.
Great photographs by Jock McTavish

 If you're wondering why Vic has a somewhat awkward stance in the picture below, it's because he's hiding the PO logo on his shirt!
L-R:Volker,Sean,Chris,Rob & Vic by Rebecca Thomas

No less than SIX videos courtesy of Lee and Tracey of this memorable occasion, their films include the ad hoc finale of Born To Be A Rebel (see 1st video below) when the current Sect in attendance, Yusuf B'layachi, Kevin Younger and Mark Braby, took to the stage, only realising once there that they were short one Ian Holford on drums, up stepped one Mr Adam Walters, whose impromptu performance was amazing considering he'd only bought the download the week before. By the way Adam is a drummer, with Radical Propulsion Unit, have a gander/listen here 
(and they've recorded a great cover of Chain Smoking)
Above Born To Be A Rebel and below one of my favourite songs of the night Just In Time, both  filmed by Tracey H.
Club Left 27/10/1981 courtesy of Andy Beever
  A couple of the gnu's lasting memories of the original Club Left at the Whisky A Go Go are, she met B Rhodes for the first time there and recalls him taking her aside to say he hoped she wasn't leading Vic up the garden path because he had plans for him! One of the very few occasions that the gnu has been left nonplussed and lost for words. Another indelible memory was Phil Lynott's visit, clad in very tight, silver satin trousers, black satin bomber jacket and white platforms, to say he stuck out like a sore thumb in this hub of 80's cool is an understatement. (He also spent the night trying to get off with the gnu's sister.) 

October  - Beware the Ice Age Cometh!
  October was a busy month here at gnu inc central and it all kicked off on 4th October with our second visit of the year to Birmingham to celebrate the imminent release of 1979 Now! on 6th October.  Love Birmingham. This time we were right in the centre of town and big bustling, culturally diverse conurbations give me a big buzz (apart from one way systems, no entry signs, parking, lack of and roadworks, but then getting lost on way to/back from venues is par for the Sect course and no trip is complete without at least one moment when everyone realises we're going in the wrong direction).

1am Going Nowhere At Rather Euphemistically Named Paradise Circus. Still Billboard A Nice Touch I Thought!
 Another brilliant gig promoted by Chris Wave's Seventh Wave, this time at The Flapper, and a stellar line up with Blue Orchids and Church of Elvis. The Flapper has gone straight in to my Top 10 Tip Top Hip Hangouts (sorry), meaning: great acoustics and a very good sound man, centrally located overlooking the canal (left), welcoming reception from the very appreciative crowd,  good to see some old friends again and make some new ones. I think all of this contributed to Vic, Ian Holford, Kevin Younger, Mark Braby and Yusuf B'Layachi all playing absolute blinders.
Courtesy of Colin Walker
Very pleased that Lee McFadden and Tracey Holloway (leefact25) could make it and they've filmed some corkers from the night from all three sets, find them and more at leefact25 -
 ' I Remember My Time As Common Thief' from Long Term Side-Effect (1998 Tugboat) has recently been reintroduced to the set, filmed by Lee.

And possibly one of the best live versions of Stool Pigeon, also happens to be filmed by Lee.

Already looking forward to going back next May.

PS There were two people at the back who'd bafflingly paid £20+ to stand and have a footie conflab over the noise of a packed gig, sounded like Chelsea fan and Man Utd fan (at a gig in Birmingham??) with the Chelsea fan giving out most of the gab........... ..nothing new there then!

We stayed at a Premier Inn again, in the city centre overlooking the canal at the back (note-  activity until the early hours on towpath when we were there, which was a warm Saturday night), friendly welcome, clean and comfy. It was touch and go whether we'd be able to squeeze the gnumobile back in to the car park on our return after the gig and it is fairly noisy due to it's proximity to Birmingham's central hub of bars, clubs, restaurants, etc, which to be fair PI warn about when booking and closing the window does shut out the road noise. So despite a couple of drawbacks I would still recommend as a reasonably priced city centre hotel.

9th October we headed South to Brighton, another of my favourite cities, for Spinningchilli's 5th Peel Night at the Green Door Store (another in the TTHHs ). I always look forward to Spinningchilli gigs, lots of lovely people and this was no exception, a memorable sell out night with three rip roaring sets from The Cravats, The Fallen Leaves and of course the Sect, not forgetting. Lee Mcfadden, who carried out his Master of Ceremonies duties with wit and aplomb.
Live review here:
Photographs courtesy of 'Jane Barnes' and there are also some great videos (some of you will have seen them on Vic's FB page) of the night to give you a taste of the atmosphere by Nigeyb, Lee Mcfadden and Tracey Holloway have SEVEN Subway Sect  plus Cravats and Fallen Leaves videos (and lots more) at their leefact25 YT channel. The set closed with this stonking version of 'Chain Smoking' filmed by Lee.

And a bit of Northern Soul - thanks to Steve Clements for his video of 'Devil's in League With You', with Vic's 'sock' intro featuring Asbo Derek's Jem Price, who introduces the sock topic, much to Yusuf's bemusement!
Plans already afoot for the next gig in Brighton AND talking of Asbo Derek here's a Christmas treat for you - 19th December Spinningchilli's FREE Christmas Bash at Fitzherberts New Road Brighton with I, Ludicrous AND Asbo Derek. That's what I call a generous present!

Me and the gnu don't usually allow Vic to intrude on the blog but she didn't go to Bologna so a one off sanction has been granted for Vic's Bologna Report:
Poster by Kevin Younger
 Our  Bologna trip started badly at 4.25am when my phone pinged with a text from the group.Thinking they were outside I woke the Gnu to say goodbye and got my coat on........I then read the text which said they were in heavy traffic at Brent Cross. I thought we were definitely going to miss the gate closing time of 6.15, I don't remember what time they arrived at my house, I was too scared to look at a clock by then. Miraculously we made it to the terminal entrance by 6.15, despite the seemingly interminably long shuttle ride from the car park but our gate number was 113 at the opposite end.Cue an awful run the length of the terminal, at one point I thought sod the plane I no longer care. As it turned out the gate stayed open till 6.30.I boarded the plane with my clothes soaked in sweat feeling like I'd just come off stage after the gig.

All the stress evaporated when we arrived in Italy as we were taken care of by the lovely Elisa who took us out to lunch and then on a tour of Bologna, the high point being a visit to the Church of Santa Maria dellla Vita which is home to the famous Compianto del Cristo Morto (Lamentation over the Dead Christ), considered one of the masterpieces of Italian sculpture, modelled by Niccolò dell'Arca in the second half of the 15th century.

Kentish Cherries in Bologna by K Younger
Then on to Covo Club, which is exactly our type of venue and is set in the middle of a little park. After the sound check we went out for dinner, which featured me spraying balsamic vinegar in my face and all over my glasses,  then following the Sect's advice to 'turn the bottle round' sprayed it all over them, I was aiming for my plate.
We went on about midnight and the group played another blinder of a set which went down well. Afterwards the Sect were getting down to the Slade singing Mama WEER all crazee now and Glitterrmen with I'm the leader of the gang. Sadly no pictures or video of Kev in action. We got back to base about three, awoke for a relaxed breakfast at ten and then a leisurely drive to the airport.Many thanks to everyone at Covo Club, we're looking forward to coming back.

 It was when we landed at Gatwick that the stress returned. Flight arrived on time but after a very long passport queue then the very slow shuttle journey back to the car park there were only minutes before we over ran our time slot. Kev and I leapt from the bus and dashed for the car  when Kev suddenly realises he doesn't have his guitar and belts off after the shuttle which Mark. Ian and Yusuf had just alighted from. Noticing Kev hurtling after the bus, Yusuf yells at him that he's got the Kev does about turn to sprint back to the car. Heading hell for leather for the barrier only skidding to a halt for the others to scramble aboard, taking off again with doors open, I realise I don't know where the ticket is so have to get Kev to search my pockets as I'm driving. Made it, just. Lesson learned? Pay twice the price and use the short stay car park at Gatwick. Back to Gert for-   

Reviews and Recommendations

Gert recommends Dan the badge man for all your badge needs at:

Late Turner - Painting Set Free
It's on at Tate Britain until 25th January and can't recommend highly enough, £15 for the amount of material on display is an absolute bargain (they also do concessions).
Rain, Steam and Speed on the left.

'16 Again' - A new online series of short films by Martyn Smith and World Of Hoopla. Episode 1 features Vic reminiscing about David Bowie's chauffeur, A Clockwork Orange inspired incident at Putney Fair and the Generation Game in one easily consumable bite-size package.Highly entertaining. (AND if you're quick you can watch World of Hoopla's 'Vic - A Work In Progress' here until 6th December-

Looking For Johnny- The Legend Lives On - Original Soundtrack on Jungle Records. This is a limited edition, red vinyl 2 LP release, follows hot on the heels of Danny Garcia's film and the recently released dvd. 


Immensely enjoyed following John Bolloten's photographic diary of his recent visit to Egypt.  A companion piece to Bradford Street perhaps? 'Cairo Street'?
On the left Birqash camel market, Cairo.

 Lots of goodies in the Bentshoppe at the moment including 'It's Just The Way Things Are Joe, It's Just The Way Things Are' a compendium of tracks from the first three albums by The Nectarine No9.
Video's a bit of a find.

Sex Drugs and HIV
'Mat Sargent began the Sex Drugs and HIV project in 1995, containing 40 tracks and featuring over two hundred musicians, spanning 5 decades of music.'
This is an extraordinary labour of love, commitment and perseverance, with an awe inspiring roll call of participants, including Vic, who contributed guitar and backing vocals to 'Greek Street' quite early on (although I couldn't tell which bits were him).

payaso de mierda - 'how can I know what I think till I see what I say?’ (e.m. forster) - semi socratic dialogues and diatribes on the subjects of football, music, ireland, culture and politics by Ian Cusack. Eyes & Ears lV includes a review of the Children of Godard gig at the Star & Shadow 19/09/2014 -

 Tunnels Aberdeen by Dod Morrison
 Full Circle 2008 - Before he joined Subway Sect Mark Braby conducted this in depth interview with Vic. Only just before though as after the interview. Vic told Mark that he was looking for a bass player, Mark said he could play the bass and so he was roped in for the next gig. The rest is history as they say. I forgot how much info there is in this, a potted history of Vic and Subway Sect. Originally broadcast on Resonance FM.

Miqui Puig - Listen out for 1979 Now! plays on Can Tuyus -

James Plays - James 1 The Key Will Keep The Lock
Hmm. Not what I was expecting, thought it would be more along the lines of Henry V but from a different perspective but it was very low key, bit unfair to compare to Shakespeare though. Also distracted by hunger and anticipation of the Kafkaesque nightmare to come - finding a way out of the National and South Bank complex, it was unnerving enough trying to find a way in. All in all I wish I'd seen it at the Edinburgh Festival and before the referendum.

Armistead Maupin 'Tales of the City' - I read this series of novels about the inhabitants of San Francisco apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane when they came out, first one in 1978. I've just started rereading and am enjoying them as much as before.   ''a sparkling comedy of manners and an indelible portrait of an era that changed forever the way we live'' - couldn't have put it better myself but would also add there are threads of darkness and melancholy that run throughout.
This is an excerpt from the TV series from Chapter 1- 

Thought about commenting on various home (immigration) and world events (ISIS) but decided WEER ALL CRAZEE NOW so..........TTFN

OK, just one-
 ' European Union migrants add £20bn to the British economy – in just a decade.' 
Could it be because we have a general election on the horizon in the UK that most parties are  focusing on immigration issues and pandering to people's unfounded prejudices as a smokescreen, in order to divert the electorate's attention from the fact that none of them have election manifestos and nothing to offer any demographic, except the privileged few. Call me cynical but could the forthcoming election also be the reason the Lib Dems are only now trying to do everything they can to distance themselves from the Tories, in contrast to their previous assertions that it was a 'united' government and Labour are doing their damnedest to try and prove that they are not Tories in disguise, obviously failing miserably. The word duplicitous springs to mind, but then that could be applied to an awful lot of political representatives of the people so why don't we do something about it? If we the people, instead of moaning but putting up with it, follow the Scottish example (84% turn out for the referendum) in the election next year and actually use our hard won right to vote we really can at the very least keep the outlandish crazies out, otherwise we really deserve the government we end up with.Just saying.



Sunday, 14 September 2014

Over to Gnu - 1979 Now!, Gig reports, Rebellion,Trash'd, Leicester, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, lots of videos, The Scottish Referendum-Postscript, Upcoming gigs, Recommendations,The Fall book & more.

It's been a funny old month or so, summer suddenly morphing in to autumn overnight and then back to summer again. After the relative idleness of August a slightly unsettling feeling of anticipation creeping up with all the activity on the horizon. First up....

1979 Now! Vic Godard & Subway Sect - Recorded & produced by Edwyn Collins & Seb Lewsley at West Heath Studios. More fab design & artwork by Andrew Paul Shaw. Release 6th October 2014 on Aed Records. STONKING!  Available to Pre-order from Aed NOW 
If you want to read the reviews below clearly -
Great first three reviews from When Skies Are Grey, Uncut and Mojo!

So I don't duplicate the press release info or sleeve notes I've gone down a different route and created a page covering the two years the LP was recorded over.

PS If you have read the Mojo article about Vic you can find out about the 'several' releases Vic has had since since End Of The Surrey People including  Blackpool (they got the info on that wrong) on the main website. Also a shame it says 1979 Now! is out now on 'Gnu Records'?? (we're gnu inc) instead of out on 6th Oct on Aed records, smacks of journalistic laziness in my opinion. And another thing Vic didn't say ''Looking back, the early line up of the Sect should never have split up.'' and never uses the word 'guys' as in 'those guys in Television'! Why make things up?

Gnu's Gig Reports
I've wanted to visit Blackpool since I was a nipper and had built up an image in my mind's eye, suffice to say I had very high expectations, hordes of holiday makers, donkeys on the beach, The Winter Gardens and Tower Ballroom the epitome of northern glamour (I blame Strictly Come Dancing for that particular one), bright lights and in my imagination The Blackpool Tower was the companion piece to The Eiffel Tower................... For a Friday in August it was eerily quiet and empty, maybe the idea of all those old punks scared everyone away!
Video below 'Car Banter on Arrival in Blackpool'

Stayed in a lovely hotel inside Blackpool FC (view from our room on the right), very helpful and friendly staff, very clean and comfy, car park and I even got up for breakfast which was very good.......because it was incredibly, wonderfully quiet, didn't wake up once and had very good night's sleep. Highly recommend.
PS The night security guard sitting in pitch (forgive the pun!) dark in the lobby did comment to us as we went out for a fag at about 1am 'Good as it gets on quiet Friday', not sure what that meant but might explain a lot.
The Pavilion Rebellion by Lisa Twinkle 08082014
 Rebellion itself was an interesting, vaguely surreal experience, musically not exactly my cup of tea and more like a reunion than a festival, a very friendly and appreciative crowd with a sprinkling of tourists wandering around with bemused expressions. Mark
had to pull out (curse of the Groulig??) so it was a four piece Sect and a punk set, which went down well. Big up to the whole Rebellion Team, brilliant organisation and food and drink provided (the food was singularly unappetising by the time we ate though)  Vic got lost (par for the course!) in the Blackpool one way for about an hour looking for a park but once Kev guided him back with his mobile sat nav he got a pass for a car park conveniently opposite the Winter Gardens. The merch table was ready and waiting, outside The Pavilion on the Horseshoe so did not actually see the gig, caught glimpses of the group on a screen through the nearby entrance, which explains the poor quality of the 'Blackpool in Blackpool' video below.

The only exception to all the lovely people I met was the cheeky git (won't name the publication he works for, even though he waved his ID at me to make sure I noticed!) who came up and just said "Can I have a free CD to review?" Now anyone who knows, knows we at gnu inc are pretty amenable to the quid pro quo when it comes to cds for reviews, what set the hackles rising a smidge in this particular instance was he didn't say please (Manners Maketh The Man -  William of Wykeham 1324-1404) and he didn't name any particular CD making it obvious he neither knew nor cared what the latest release was or when it came out he was just after a freebie. I demurred, pointing out 30 Odd Years came out in February but I'm ashamed to say I gave in and gave him a won't be surprised no hint of a review yet.* All around the walls facing the band merch tables were the official/paid for and, obviously much larger merch stands (a necessary evil to help with funding I suppose), selling  ubiquitous amounts of faux punk gear, myriad copies of Vivienne Westwood designs, Sex Pistols T's,etc., all shut up and behind metal barriers by the time I set up at 9pmish, in fact on my side of the Horseshoe I was on my tod in the selling band merch stakes by the time Vic went on stage. Fingers crossed they can keep this festival going for a good long while yet. 
* Turns out there was a v short live review in said unnamed publication, so did I misunderstand and did this person mean a CD in exchange for a live review? Never come across that before and would have said an outright no.
We bid farewell to Blackpool-

Heading South to round off the Sect Festival Season.............................................................

So pleased Ben Shape, Keith Rodway and the Trash Cannes Crew asked Vic to play his first ever gig in Hastings at their fabulous new arts festival Trash Cannes Presents Trash’d New Wave Festival. Vic and the Sect played at The Brass Monkey, great atmosphere, very friendly welcome and everyone there was very accommodating and helpful, special big up to the brilliant sound man. The crowd were warm and appreciative and you could tell how much the group were enjoying themselves by how well they all played, I think one of the best sets they've done. The New York Dollies made a big impact, loved their set, particularly their version of Nobody's Scared, so much in fact they are now booked to play at 100 Club Left in November. AND Jacko was there,it was his Northern Soul 45s lent to Vic via Myers that inspired the songs on 1979 Now! 
Photograph by Trash Canne's resident photographer Mark Richards
                                'Born To Be A Rebel' video courtesy of Amanda Thompson.
I don't think I've heard the Sect do better live versions of these two songs, Imbalance and Stool Pigeon, love the video which is courtesy of Trash Canne's Keith Rodway, gives a real flavour of the Trash'd vibe


 Had a lovely walk along the beach, then chilled on a groyne for a while, I'd forgotten how impressive the vista was, a shame about the pier, another to add to the list of burnt out shells of listed Victorian piers which seem to be becoming the visitor attraction de rigeur for all traditional seaside resorts.  

Back North for the only Subway Sect 3 Nighter of 2014-

Photographs (above and below) courtesy of Kevin Hewick and Debra Gale
 18th September and we headed to Leicester for Magic Teapot & Promotions Promotions Presents @ The Musician CLYDE STREET LEICESTER LE1 2DE. A brilliant night, huge thanks to Ian, John and everyone at The Musician for the welcome and hospitality and to everyone who came along, great sets from Brassick Bears and Kevin Hewick. Look out for upcoming episode of Television Blues, which Vic and the Sect recorded an interview for. I was round the corner, a fair distance away but my normal talking voice was apparently louder than Vic and the Sects' and I was asked to pipe down. I blame drama school, the only thing I came away with was the curse of projecting my voice! My videos were useless but here's a great version of Oh Alright Go On Then courtesy of Adrian Manning-

We stayed at Premier Inns for all three dates, first one was Leicester Central (A50 ) Heathley Park Groby Road Leicester LE3 9QE. Slightly odd set up in that you had breakfast in the pub across the car park and as it ended at 9am I didn't partake but Vic said it lived up to the other PI breakfasts he's had. Friendly helpful staff, comfy, quiet and decent sized car park so would definitely stay again.

Vic in natural pose courtesy of 'Jane Barnes'
 Friday 19th and on to Newcastle and a favourite destination - Michael Clunkie's Children of Godard Presents at the Star and Shadow Cinema Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2NP. It was an eventful night! A packed bill kicking off with Geoffrey Taylor’s short film ‘Close’ featuring ‘Birth and Death’ & ‘Empty Shell’, then Martyn Smith's shortish film 'Vic: A Work In Progress ( ), then Girl With The Replaceable Head, The Fallen Leaves and then a great Sect set (despite technical issues, stage invasion and a near punch up!) Plus DJ Trevor Johnson with another music in a different kitchen . Trevor is playing the whole Subway Sect live set on his next AMIADK show on Thursday 2nd October 7-9pm on Hive Radio: 
Sadly the Star and Shadow is having to leave it's current home in December but happily plans are afoot to relocate.

We stayed at Premier Inn (Millenium Bridge), possibly one of their best, it has a restaurant, bar open til 3am (can vouch for that!) and late breakfast, as good as the other PIs. Friendly helpful staff, comfy, clean, quiet (if you're a light sleeper and facing the front you'll need to close the window) and reasonable sized car park. Highly recommend.  

Thought I'd uploaded 2 videos from Newcastle but it turned out to be two from the Westgarth on 20th, Better Not Turn On leading to the Blackpool 'interlude'! Apologies for poor visuals, not sure what I thought I was filming (unless it was the unconscious person in the corner!) or if I thought I was filming. 

Vic 2 Mics by 'Jane Barnes'
 Saturday 20th Rounded off the Three Dayer in Middlesbrough at Minus Me Presents at The Westgarth Social Club 99a Southfield Road Middlesbrough TS1 3EZ with the Fallen Leaves on board again and the wonderful Pellethead. Everyone was warmly welcomed, the Leaves polished fast paced, 60's garage inspired set  and Pellethead did not disappoint, really enjoyed their set. There were some technical hitches which Vic overcame in his own inimitable way and is now known as Vic 2 Mics Godard. 

 Video 'McGuire' by Pellethead, filmed by me and at least the sound is good, even if the visuals leave a bit to be desired. 

and The Cupboard Is Bare


Further Treats In Store                                                                                                                     
  4th - The Seventh Wave Presents at The Flapper
Cambrian Wharf, Kingston Row, Birmingham, B1 2NU
Plus Blue Orchids Plus Church Of Elvis
After a fantastic night earlier this year for Chris Wave, high expectations for the 1979 Now! release do with Martin Bramah's Blue Orchids, Church of Elvis and DJ 11pm-Midnight. We'll have the LP! The CD, The T shirts, The Badges, The Postcards, Mugs and A 1979 Now! Raffle. 

9th – Spinning Chilli Presents Peel Night at The Green Door Store
Unit 2, 3, & 4 Trafalgar Arches, Lower Goods Yard, Brighton Train Station, BN1 4FQ Brighton

Celebrating Spinningchilli's 5th Peel Night, treats galore with The mighty Cravats, The Fallen Leaves, Peel plays and compere for the night, overseeing events and hoping to keep a semblance of order to the proceedings is Alternative TV's Lee McFadden. Get there early.    
Tickets from Resident Records &

 18th Covo club - Associazione Culturale Hovoc Viale Zagabria, 140127 Bologna 
Well who'd have thought it. The one and only Subway Sect European foray this year is to Bologna. It's a short trip but worth it and everyone looking forward to it as you can imagine.


Only one visit to Scotland this year and hard to believe but it's been two years since Subway Sect played in Glasgow and Edinburgh with the divine Sexual Objects so everyone is champing at the bit. Going to be a memorable couple of nights! Is that Live In Stereo 3 I see before me?   

14th – Sounds in the Suburbs Presents at
Stereo Cafe Bar 20 - 28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH Glasgow, United Kingdom
15thSounds in the Suburbs Presents at
The Voodoo Rooms 19a West Register St Edinburgh EH2 2AA

20th  & Gnu Inc Present ‘Club Left’ 2014
100 Club London
 In keeping with the tradition of the original Club Left Vic's reunion with the three of the four 1981/2 Subway Sect is on a Thursday and relocated to the 100 Club. Dave Collard isn't able to make it over from the US so Vic, Sean McClusky, Chris Bostock and Rob Marche will be joined by guest pianist and trumpet player, they're hoping to get together soon for their first rehearsal in decades of the Songs For Sale numbers.A night of delights with New York Dollies and Jake Vegas, original Club Left DJ Johnny Britton spinning the discs and more. Tickets:


  On the way to Hastings Vic and I stopped off at the The Llama Park in Ashdown Forest for a pee and ended staying for lunch. Very good, freshly cooked and prepared food, will definitely be back for a llama walk and lunch. That's Arthur on the left.

The James Plays - Read the reviews from The Edinburgh Festival production and I was going to book for all three but not possible so have chosen James 1 The Key Will Keep The Lock. Decided not to sit on the stage!

2nd November - Monorail Flim Club is hosting the Scottish premiere of 'The Possibilities Are Endless' at the Glasgow Film Theatre. There will be a Q&A with Edwyn Collins and Grace Maxwell, and a short acoustic set.

 'Bradford Street' - A collection of some of the captivating and evocative photographs of life on the streets of John Bolloten. First Edition Sold Out (we got one, nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh). 2nd Edition in the shops imminently.
PS One of my very favourite photographs of Vic is one of Mr Bolloten's portrait of him at the Knavesmire York.  

Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street (1853) - Herman Melville 1819–1891
I'd never read this but love the brilliant 1972 Bartleby film starring Paul Scofield and John McEnery. It's an engrossing read, concise, still prescient and relevant. This is a link to an early scene here from the English version of the film: This is the whole of the French version from 1970 and the video below is a clip from the American version.

I know I said in the last blog that I'm not keen on 'muso' books and then went on to say I'd found the exception to the rule in Kevin Pearce's 'A Moment Worth Waiting For', the book that keeps on giving (buy it, it won't let you down) BUT I've found another! 

The Big Mid Week Life Inside The Fall by Steve Hanley & Olivia Piekarski  The odds were against me liking this book or ever being tempted to read it. I'm not mad on The Fall and I don't get (mea culpa) the hoo ha about Mark E Smith as a lyricist but like some of the music, mostly the early years, Vic refuses to believe this and thinks I'm being politic but I assure you I really do like some of the punky almost avant guarde early 'tunes'. Vic says I should ask Ian (Holford), an expert on the subject Vic assures me, to try and enlighten me on the subject. Anyway back to Steve Hanley and Olivia Piekarski's book, first off I haven't read it yet. So, how can I recommend it, you may be asking? I bought it for Vic for his birthday and he is about half way through so I am being a bit previous but from what Vic has said about what he has read so far and from the large chunks he has read out to me when I've been on't laptop, this book is a joy. It is undoubtedly Olivia Piekarski's witty and engaging presentation of Steve Hanley's tale, or rather many tales, of a group(s!) on the road to fame and fortune, the perils and the pitfalls, that make it such a gratifying read. Although I'm sure some, if not most of the events regaled were not remotely funny at the time, Olivia Piekarski's entertaining way with the words has made me laugh a lot and and helpless on occasion. There is an added piquancy for anyone who is/has been in a group, been on the road, etc but you certainly don't need to be a Fall fan to enjoy this book, it is a stand alone jolly good read so far and I have high hopes for the second half. Official release 15th September, both authors will be appearing at a series of upcoming events, details and more here: 

The Scottish Referendum - Postscript
Written before the referendum - I  wasn't sure about putting in my tuppence worth, being English and not having a vote but I am an interested party in how this all turns out and the result of the referendum has implications for everyone in the UK. It has only really impacted deeply on my consciousness in the last couple of months as the debate has become more lively and intense, it is a shame that some have resorted to tribalism, but that was bound to happen. When I first started thinking about Scottish Independence it was in terms of which way the vote would go and why and I have to admit I did get distracted by all the scare mongering hyperbole being spouted by all the politicians about the economic effects of a Yes/No vote. Then a couple of weeks ago I had a bit of a revelatory moment and it suddenly occurred to me I was looking at it all wrong -  there is no reason why anyone in the UK would trust any promises politicians make in order to win the day, including Mr Salmond, or imagine that any politician will do anything other than continue to pander to big business, unless checked. How many of us have suffered the effects of repeated economic downturns over the last few decades, income, public services, education provision, the NHS, all shrinking as the power of the private sector grows and the power of the people diminishes. None of us know what is round the corner economically speaking, whether there is another  disaster waiting to be offloaded on to us by the financial sector, so I decided to take economics out of the equation completely and imagined instead that I live in Scotland and had a vote. How do I think I would cast that vote? My theoretical reasoning is based on political belief and emotion, Mr Salmond was a bit of an obstacle, I'm really not a fan but then it occurred that he is First Minister in the current set up and may lead an interim government should Scottish Independence be won but then there would have to be an election. All in all if given the opportunity to kick out a government made up of the privileged elite working for the privileged elite and to start again where it could be down to the collective will of the people what kind of government they end up with I like to believe I would choose the leap in to the unknown and vote yes but the onus is not on me to make this decision, so easy for me to say. Roll on 18th September.
After the referendum: Serious feeling of deflation. It is less than two weeks since this potentially momentous event and it almost feels like it never happened. This was a record turn out, the highest since universal suffrage began here and I thought perhaps, maybe, on a good day, that this enthusiasm for and belief in People Power could be maintained, despite the no vote, and might even spread through the rest of the UK. Silly me.

Odds and Sods

The Two Year  Random Observation  - It took two years to record 1979 Now!, 1978 Now, We Come As Aliens and Sansend. (Blackpool is taking over a decade)

William of Wykeham - Bishop of Winchester, Chancellor, founder of Winchester Public School and New College, Oxford, so not a role model of mine for anything other his Manners Maketh The Man.

Just heard on Pointless that John Cleese real name is John Cheese. 'Care for some cheese, Cheese?' Tee Hee.

Smarm Alert In Teddington! After a long absence from the local public gaze following the last election, the failure of his party to keep election promises and the toadying to the tories, amongst other things, Twickenham MP Vince Cable is spotted schmoozing the Teddington electorate, three photo ops in this week's local paper, could it be the constituency boundary changes? Prior to the last election Mr Cable's photo op location of choice was Twickenham Post Office MLO (sorting/delivery office), not likely to be visiting this time round is he?

In the garden and it's October!!!

Not a black and white photograph, taken seconds after the one at the head of the blog after the sun went down.      
Gnu over and out.